Recently, the Catholic Church reiterated one of its core dogmas: “We believe in the true resurrection of this flesh that we now possess. We sow a corruptible body in the tomb, but he raises up an incorruptible body, a spiritual body.” Here’s the link to the relevant catechism.
In layman’s terms: we drop our body into the grave and Jesus Christ brings it back to life. 😯 Who else believes that? Anybody? Just to make sure: this resurrection is not about our soul emerging from our body and ascending to heaven. “It means not only that the immortal soul will live on after death, but that even our ‘mortal body’ will come to life again.” (same source as above).
So, did Jesus turn into a – how can I say this? A splendid zombie? Is Zombie Jesus for real?
Do you believe this catechism? I do, but with a different rationale. I have reasons to believe that Jesus Christ indeed accomplished this feat. He demonstrated this body to his disciples:
And as they were talking behind locked doors, Jesus appeared out of the blue and greeted them, “Shalom!” They panicked, believing that he was a ghost.
“Why are you scared? What are you thinking?” Jesus asked. “Check out my hands and feet! Its me! A ghost isn’t made of flesh and bones, but I am!”
And he showed them his hands and feet, but they still couldn’t believe their eyes. “Do you have meat?” he asked. They gave him broiled fish and a honeycomb. Jesus took it and ate it in front of them.
This resurrected body wasn’t a zombie as we know it. It had amazing capabilities; for example, Jesus could assemble and disassemble it at will. And with this body Jesus roamed the planet for ‘forty days’ and demonstrated its miraculous capabilities to ‘five-hundred‘ more people as Paul testified. It seems that not the crucifixion, but the resurrection of this miraculous zombie body was the true sensation that caused Christianity to spread like a bushfire through the Roman Empire.
By the way, Jesus wasn’t the only one. I read about such an ‘immortal organism’ in various books and scriptures. Paul Foster Case called it the spiritual body and in Buddhism it’s known as the Buddha body.The construction of the spiritual body is the declared goal of Alchemy and Paracelsus claimed to have known men who didn’t eat for twenty years and more. Castaneda mentions it too, he even gives a hint how it’s made: by fusing the physical and astral body. One can eat and drink with it, but does not need to. Apparently, that body is powered by solar energy (or rather from the Prana inherent in sunlight) and it doesn’t even need to breathe.
Noteworthy, Prahlad Jani showed that he can survive for two weeks without either food or water. He claimed to the lived in abstinence for already seventy years. The Israeli Amnon Levy could demonstrate similar abilities.
These rumors induced the Discover Channel to produce a documentary in 2006 , called The Boy With Divine Powers. During 96 hours of filming Bomjon, a young Buddhist monk meditated under a tree and neither moved, ate, nor drank anything without showing any sign of dehydration. “After 96 hours of filming, Ram has defied modern science by continuing his meditation and remaining alive.” – a Discovery Channel film crew member. You can watch the documentary here on Youtube.
Biological immortality isn’t as far fetched as you may think. Scientists already found two species on this planet that are practically biologically immortal: the hydra and planarian worm. 😎 The question remains, whether we can change our DNA to experience the same. By the way, prove is on the way that our DNA is amenable to imagination and emotions.
Nonsense? Mysterious? Out of reach? How if Zombie Jesus was the great example and not the great exception? If that’s for real, we can have such a body too, as stated in Phi 3.21: …Who [Jesus] shall change our vile body and fashion it into the likeness of his glorious body. Could it be that this miracle body is God’s great promise – the Covenant that He continuously renews with us?